Ashgabat, 16 August 2021: In the framework of the project “Strengthening the Trade Capacity of Turkmenistan” jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan, an online seminar on improving the trademark registration practices in Turkmenistan, was organized.

The aim of the seminar was to provide proposals for improving the process of a trademark registration in the country in accordance with the international standards, which will contribute to the wide recognition of Turkmenistan’s products in the local and foreign markets and will accelerate the country’s efforts on developing the effective trade policies.

The event gathered the representatives of the line ministries of Turkmenistan, including the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, State Service for Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.

“The improved trademark registration practices help to rationalize the commercialization of goods and promote consistent production and realization of quality goods by a manufacturer, thus stimulating the economic progress of the country” – noted Mr. Akmyrat Danatarov, UNDP Programme Analyst for Governance, Economic Diversification, and Inclusive Growth.

The event participants got familiarized with the current national practices on trademarks’ registration and discussed the ways of improving the system of registration in compliance with the international practices.

“The national legal framework should provide a basis for the registration and enforcement of a trademark. The registration procedures should be simple, transparent, impartial, and cost-effective. It is important for the states to be a party to a number of international agreements that stipulate the common procedures and protocols for harmonizing the national trademark law and practices” – noted Ms. Linda Mazure, UNDP international consultant.

In the course of the meeting, Ms. Mazure made a presentation on the international best practices and legal frameworks, talked about the advantages of an online trademarks register and importance of the capacity building of the national patent attorneys to improve the trademark registration practices in Turkmenistan.

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A joint project between the UNDP and the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan “Strengthening the Trade Capacity of Turkmenistan” was launched in 2019 and aims to contribute to strengthening and building trade capacity of Turkmenistan, expand competitive potential of country’s economy, and based on that engage new sources of economic growth and improvement of welfare of people.

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